The Killing

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Overview

Director Stanley Kubrick's classic heist film and inspiration for Reservoir Dogs couldn't be a more standard DVD release, even more bare bones than the simplistic Stanley Kubrick Collection seven-pack, which doesn't include this film in its box. The reason this disc misses so badly is because it merely offers the film in its standard full-screen version, with mono audio. There's no widescreen presentation whatsoever, which is common in nearly all DVDs today, and the single theatrical trailer looks like it was ...
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Overview

Director Stanley Kubrick's classic heist film and inspiration for Reservoir Dogs couldn't be a more standard DVD release, even more bare bones than the simplistic Stanley Kubrick Collection seven-pack, which doesn't include this film in its box. The reason this disc misses so badly is because it merely offers the film in its standard full-screen version, with mono audio. There's no widescreen presentation whatsoever, which is common in nearly all DVDs today, and the single theatrical trailer looks like it was transferred from an old used print. If there is a silver lining to this package, however, it's that DVD transfers tend to make black-and-white pop with visual brilliance, which is certainly the case here. Though not new, the transfer of the film itself still sparkles, with beautiful cinematography and striking images. The disc advertises a four-page booklet highlighting the making of the film, but it's really just a leaflet inserted into the case, with no more than 12 bullet points highlighting facts about the film.
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Special Features

Four-page booklet highlighting the making of the film; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Stanley Kubrick's third feature showed that he was no ordinary director, as he dispensed with traditional time structure to detail the planning and execution of a racetrack heist gone wrong. Combining a non-linear story with a unifying, matter-of-fact voice-over narration, Kubrick constructed an intricate yet lucid cinematic puzzle that shifted back and forth both in time and among the central characters, revealing the personal stakes for each participant by following their individual actions leading up to the fateful seventh race. Johnny the leader thinks he has it all under control, but, in true Kubrick fashion, his plan is not immune to human failure. While the fractured time frame and use of long takes and tracking shots signaled Kubrick's stylistic break from classical form, the sharp black-and-white photography, Marie Windsor's insidious femme fatale, and Sterling Hayden's doomed Johnny place The Killing in the mode of 1940s/1950s film noir. His first film made on a reasonable budget and with an established cast of pros, The Killing caught critics' attention and established Kubrick as a director to watch, especially for such future cinematic time-tricksters as Quentin Tarantino.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1999
  • UPC: 027616770622
  • Original Release: 1956
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sterling Hayden Johnny Clay
Coleen Gray Fay
Marie Windsor Sherry Peatty
Elisha Cook Jr. George Peatty
Vince Edwards Val Cannon
Jay C. Flippen Marvin Unger
Ted de Corsia Randy Kennan
Joe Sawyer Mike O'Reilly
Timothy Carey Nikki Arane
Jay Adler Leo
Joe Turkel Tiny
William Benedict Airline Clerk
Tito Vuolo
James Edwards Parking Attendant
Dorothy Adams
Mary Carroll
James Griffith
Kola Kwarian Maurice Oboukhoff
Steve Mitchell
Robert B. Williams
Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director, Screenwriter
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
Rudy Harrington Costumes/Costume Designer
James B. Harris Producer
David Koehler Special Effects
Harry Reif Set Decoration/Design
Alexander Singer Associate Producer
Earl Snyder Sound/Sound Designer
Ruth Sobotka Art Director
Betty Steinberg Editor
Jim Thompson Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Main Title [1:53]
2. A Puzzling Race [3:00]
3. Loan Shark & Prey [2:04]
4. Johnny & His Love [2:49]
5. Where To Rendezvous [:43]
6. Unhappily Married [5:03]
7. A Sexy Affair [1:39]
8. The Betrayal [2:00]
9. A Meeting Of Hoods [2:36]
10. A Female Intruder [2:50]
11. Little Miss Innocent [1:28]
12. Two-Faced Wife [3:07]
13. Enlisting A Chessman [3:26]
14. Hiring A Shooter [2:35]
15. Joe Piano's Place [1:54]
16. Morning Confessions [3:27]
17. Like Father & Son [2:13]
18. Planting The Gun [2:28]
19. Mike Makes A Promise [1:30]
20. Locker Room Talk [2:45]
21. The Racetrack Drunk [1:11]
22. The Crooked Cop [2:10]
23. Philosopher Maurice [:50]
24. The Brawl Begins [3:00]
25. Double Killing [5:36]
26. A Clown In Control [7:37]
27. "Where's The Jerk" [3:33]
28. Money Transfer [2:38]
29. "It Isn't Fair!" [1:40]
30. A Suitcase Situation [3:06]
31. Crime Doesn't Pay [1:31]
32. The End/Credits [1:36]
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Menu

Side #1
   Play
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
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  • Posted August 29, 2011

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    The First Noir Heist Film

    When I was in college, a psychology professor told me that people who hurt, torture or kill animals will certainly do the same thing to people. This is a movie which involves the killing of a horse but it eventually leads to the killing of several people. And like all the great classic crime films, it's all done for money. That's the sour message delivered in Stanley Kubrick's directing debut, "The Killing". Made in 1956, Kubrick even then knew how to tell a compelling story, even though it seemed simple enough. Sterling Hayden portrays Johnny, an expert criminal who plans to rob a racetrack box office and hopefully retire. He's hired a number of cronies to help him pull this off. However, they have ideas of their own. One of these cronies is George (played brilliantly by Elisha Cook), whose wife pulls a double-cross that throws everything into disarray. Shot in grainy black-and-white with almost none of the special tracking shots that Kubrick would later be noted for, "The Killing" is told in the gritty style of a 1940's pulp fiction novel with more than a few twists. Yet, this could very well be the first Noir Heist film, one that a lot of filmmakers try to emulate but can't duplicate. Although you watch this film and you can imagine Sterling Hayden as the Boss in Quentin Tarantino's "Resevoir Dogs". Hayden, who starred in other Kubrick films, is tough, quick-thinking and delivers one great hard-boiled line after another---"Suppose they pick you up? What have you done? You shot a horse! That's not first-degree murder! It's not first-degree anything! In fact, I don't even know what it is!" The DVD which was been released by The Criterion Collection also features Kubrick's second film, "Killer's Kiss", which is nowhere neaer as great as this film is. But it's interesting to see both of these films because just two years later, Kubrick would direct "Paths Of Glory" and he became an A-list filmmaker for the rest of his life. The journey to "Dr. Strangelove", "2001: A Space Odyssey", "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Shining" all began here. Who knows what kind of a filmmaker Kubrick might have turned out to be had he continued making movies like "The Killing"?

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

    Brilliant early Kubrick featuring many film noir/B movie stalwar

    Brilliant early Kubrick featuring many film noir/B movie stalwarts. 

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Good movie, kept my interset

    Yes, i did like this movie, it was interesting and it did have a good plot. It was visually good as well, and the acting was good. If you want something different then this movie is worth checking out.

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